Dear Friends of Jaime,
As Jaime would say - You Are The Best!!!
Thanks to the many friends of Jaime Escalante enough funds have been raised to free his family of the burden of medical expenses. The hundreds of contributions and letters stand as testament to the people whose lives have been touched by Jaime.
His family sends heartfelt thanks and love to each and every one of you.
As you may know, FASE support for Jaime's efforts began more than two decades ago and ranged from providing materials (and later meals and transportation) for his after-school programs to the production of FUTURES with Jaime Escalante - one of the most widely-used classroom television series in the history of public television - as well as two primetime broadcast specials, "Math...Who Needs it?!" and "Living and Working in Space."
This rich video archive, as well as classroom lessons and teacher training materials that have been developed to support it, have captured his classroom approaches in great detail and are raw materials that can be used in many ways, including teacher training events, new classroom resources, and programs to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Over the years, we have heard from teachers that Jaime trained or inspired, and they want to work to continue his legacy. In partnership, we have been developing materials that can help him continue to inspire generation after generation of students. This includes a project focused on Jaime's former students, and stories and lesson plans from this master teacher.
FASE has had the good fortune to work with Edward James Olmos, who has spearheaded the fundraising effort, for many years as well - a relationship that began as a result of his unforgettable portrayal of Kimo in Stand and Deliver. Since that time, we have collaborated with Olmos on projects including the films Lives in Hazard and It Ain't Love and their accompanying teacher and outreach programs, the Chiapas Food Project, the Latino Cultural Book and Film Project ("Americanos") and the Latino Public Broadcasting Project. He will be involved in our futures efforts as well.
You can still contribute to Jaime's legacy by supporting these education projects. To do so, click on the link at the top of the page.